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Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Goes Live 25

New submitter Random Data writes "Australia's initial part of the Square Kilometre Array has officially opened. 36 dishes out of the eventual 96 are now online, with a data output of 40Gb/s (and the article includes LoC conversion!). More info is available from CSIRO."
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Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Goes Live

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  • Looks like Wikipedia's article on the Square Kilometre Array is incorrect.

    With a budget of €1.5 billion, construction of the SKA is scheduled to begin in 2016 for initial observations by 2019 and full operation by 2024.

    Not that I'm surprised, considering how horribly broken that sentence is in the first place.

  • by z3d4r ( 598419 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @01:56AM (#41566323)

    Some of you might remember previous slashdot articles featuring the CSIRO sueing tech companies over patents. [] []
    Well...this is the kind of thing the cash from those patents is paying for :)

    I, for one, welcome our new CSIRO nerd overlords.

    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @04:58AM (#41566695)

      But But But! I was told they were just a patent troll.

      CSIRO is far from a nerdy overload group looking into space. They have had a much bigger impact than many people give them credit for. They've done immense research on Alzheimers, they were fundamental in the creation of Relenza (an influenza treatment), they are the biggest researchers in carbon capture and storage, not to mention their research on animal health and diseases which has helped farmers world wide.

      Forget simply licensing technology from them, give them a bloody donation. In this case your life may actually depend on it.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?